"I went on two different tours with Boston By Foot on a recent business trip. Both tours were a little different than your "typical" introductory city tours; one focused on "the dark side" of Boston's history, and the other focused on the history of local drinking culture. Liam was my guide for both tours, and he was engaging, friendly, and told a number of stories that were new to even the locals in our group. It's definitely a fun way to get to know more about the city, and I enjoyed getting to check out different spots that I never would have known were there." - Pittsburgh, PA
Boston By Foot, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Inspired by America’s Bicentennial, the organization was founded in 1976 by architectural enthusiast Polly Flansburgh as a way to promote public awareness and appreciation for Boston’s rich history and architectural heritage. Her inspiration and commitment to bringing historical facts to life through storytelling remain a vibrant force throughout our wide selection of guided walking tours.
In addition to our trademark walking tours, we also offer an Architecture Cruise along Boston Harbor and the Charles River featuring spectacular views of the city’s historic and contemporary landscape. This tour is presented in partnership with the Boston Society of Architects and the Charles Riverboat Company.
These tours are created and conducted by a unique gathering of 200+ volunteer guides who love Boston and are passionate about its history. They are a well-trained and enthusiastic group of volunteers who represent diverse backgrounds, many whom have generously served Boston By Foot for more than 10, 20 and even 30 years.
The Boston By Foot Staff
Samantha Nelson - Executive Director
Cortnee Bollard - Program Coordinator
2017 Board of Trustees
Polly Carpenter, FAIA
Tom Chung, AIA
Libby Dilling - Chair
Nancy Heywood- Volunteer Liaison
Sue Pepin - Secretary
Laureen Pfizenmaier - Treasurer